Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-13) announced he will be introducing legislation banning the practice of municipalities and their local agencies and commissions from issuing city-owned take-home vehicles to council members and commissioners. This legislation comes after reported stories on a Jersey City Council member and non-paid Incinerator Authority commissioner was in an accident and charged with DWI while driving a city-owned vehicle.
“Chalk this up as another piece of legislation I can’t believe actually must be introduced. After Mayor Fulop made headlines taking away city-owned take-home vehicles for the employees themselves, somewhere in the process, council members and commissioners were left alone. I suppose we should give the Mayor an A on policy and an F on enforcement. Too many local officials treat publicly owned vehicles as their own personal assets. No part time elected officials should be using publicly owned vehicles – ever. The excuse that “my personal car had car troubles” cited in the news reports is the kind of attitude that too many local officials take. My answer to that that they should do what their constituents would do – get a ride or borrow a car or rent a car! This type of arrogant attitude and reckless behavior damages the credibility of all elected officials – most of whom would find the actions of this councilman abhorrent.” Said O’Scanlon.